-Theater Release: Feb 18, 2011
-Directed By: DJ Caruso
-Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant and Dianna Agron
IMDb (6.1/10 rating): “John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed … he is Number Four.”
The Plot (basically): You find out right up front that there are 9 kids from another planet who were chosen to save their planet, the problem was their planet was attacked sooner than expected (when they were all still babies) and destroyed, killing almost everyone. Now the people who destroyed their planet have figured out they are on earth and are looking to kill each of the 9. Number 4 is the next on the list and we follow him and find out that his entire life has been built around changing locations and identity constantly, hoping that he will not be found. His newest move turns into a place that he wants to call home because of a girl he meets and a friend he makes…
My Thoughts: I don’t want to go into to much detail in the plot because it was fun having the events unfold that I didn’t know about. I really enjoyed this movie. I am glad that I let the previews/trailers talk me into watching this.
The first thing that really impressed me was the acting! All of the actors are very good and I didn’t have any moments where I thought, “oh man, that was a stale line!” Alex Pettyfer amazed me! He hasn’t been in very many movies and yet his acting was amazing. He is also very nice to look at (even though he’s like 20-yrs-old, that’s only 4ish years younger than me…not too bad right?! :-P). The side characters are also amazing, I haven’t even heard of a few of them and yet they did an amazing job. The Mogadorian’s (the bad guys) were an interesting bunch…and I couldn’t help but laugh at their appearance and the way they talked a couple times, but I think they are in there for comic relief at points (even though they are the bad ones).
The second thing that impressed me was that the action and special effects were very good and believable…when the light is shooting out of his hands I actually was trying to figure out how a computer would make that look so real. The computer animated animals reminded me of how the troll or dragons from Harry Potter looked, you could tell they weren’t real…yet they were done so well that they could have almost been completely real. Does that make any sense?
My favorite character, besides hottie number 4 (John), was his new found friend Sam. Keep your eyes out for him, you can’t really miss him, he is an outcast at the school but has a funny sense of humor. I really enjoyed him being in the movie.
The end of the movie doesn’t leave you on a cliffhanger, which I liked, but it did leave it open to have a second movie. Normally this disappoints me since so many movies should really stop at the first one, but this was a movie that I would really love to see a second too. I just hope they keep the same actors/actresses for the characters and keep up the awesome special effects!
All-in-All: There might have been a few slow parts, but they didn’t drag…they were a way to get you from point A to B to C and the acting and action are top notch. If you enjoy paranormal stuff like Superman, aliens, super powers, and crazy fight scenes you should check this out! I will be buying this and adding it to my DVD collection as soon as it is released!
**Side Note – Why do there have to be so many types of characters (vampires, shifters, aliens, etc…) that have the internal set up to meet their “mate/other half” and be with them forever without question. I like this quality…maybe it’s another one of those fantasy things that all us women want a man to be like and that’s why it’s every where??!! Any thoughts on this? -End Side Note**